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  • Crawford won't get starts in Tampa Bay
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Carl Crawford will not get any starts in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Roberts wants to keep the veteran outfielder off the Tropicana Field turf, and the Dodgers' next three games will be on the Rogers Centre turf in Toronto. It could be a very light week for Crawford. 53 minutes ago
  • Avisail Garcia (hamstring) aims to play Wed.
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is aiming to return to the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring last Friday night and will take another day of rest Tuesday against the Red Sox. Jerry Sands is starting at DH and batting seventh. Today, 2:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Inciarte (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: And he could be back on the Braves' active roster by the weekend if everything goes smoothly. Inciarte has been on the shelf since April 9 with a hamstring strain. Mallex Smith has been serving as Atlanta's primary center fielder and currently holds a rough .218/.295/.327 slash line over his first 18 major league games. Today, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @NYM
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) back in Houston lineup
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) is back in the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez missed three straight games because of some mild soreness in his right rib cage. The dynamic 30-year-old will start in center field and bat seventh in his return to action Tuesday versus Twins righty Alex Meyer. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Domingo Santana (lat) back in action Tuesday
    Domingo Santana (shoulder) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday versus the angels.

    Advice: Santana was a late scratch from Monday's series opener due to tightness in his right lat. It clearly wasn't anything too serious. He is starting in right field and batting leadoff Tuesday against Nick Tropeano. Today, 1:03 pm
  • Ryan Braun getting day off Tuesday vs. Halos
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday due to general soreness.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off, for the most part. Braun went 3-for-3 on Monday night against the Angels and is batting .372/.443/.605 in 24 total games this year. Today, 1:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Cubs place OF Szczur on 15-day DL
    Cubs placed OF Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right hamstring strain.

    Advice: It's too bad, as Szczur was off to a nice start this season, batting .367/.441/.600 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 21 games. Ryan Kalish will take his place on the active roster. Today, 12:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Grichuk in Tuesday's lineup vs. Phillies
    Randal Grichuk is back in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Grichuk didn't start Monday's game, but he came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a homer. Hopefully that will get him going. He's still batting just .200/.278/.413 through 24 games this season. Today, 12:36 pm
  • Orioles recall INF Flaherty from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled INF Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured J.J. Hardy (foot) on the active roster. It's unclear how the Orioles intend to play it in their infield with Hardy sidelined, but Flaherty should see some starts. The 29-year-old is a .215 hitter in the majors, but he offers some pop and could be relevant in AL-only leagues if the playing time is there. Today, 12:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Steven Moya slugs his way to three hits
    Tigers OF prospect Steven Moya delivered three hits Monday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Moya also walked and scored two runs. 13 of Moya's 26 hits this year have gone for extra bases including five home runs. The 24-year-old is hitting .286 for the season, well above his .250 career average. Moya's strikeout rate has also improved. He's struck out in 22 percent of his at-bats this year compared to 32.4 last season. Moya hit .182 in nine games for the Tigers in 2015. Today, 11:52 am
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Jason Heyward (wrist) out again Tuesday
    Jason Heyward (wrist) is out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The struggling Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist, but hopes to return as soon as Wednesday. Kris Bryant will play right field Tuesday while Jorge Soler will start in left and bat second. Javier Baez will play third base. Today, 11:41 am
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Harrison out of lineup Tuesday vs. Cubs
    Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' starting lineup against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harrison has played well in the early part of the season, but so has Sean Rodriguez and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wants to keep him fresh. Rodriguez is batting seventh against Jake Arrieta. Today, 11:38 am
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • Starling Marte not in Tuesday's lineup
    Starling Marte is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll sit against 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Matt Joyce will start in right field and bat cleanup. Today, 11:36 am
  • Joc Pederson in starting lineup Tuesday
    Joc Pederson is in the starting lineup against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a rare start against a lefty for Pederson, as he'll bat eighth versus Matt Moore. Enrique Hernandez will serve as the DH and bat leadoff while Trayce Thompson will play left. Today, 11:18 am
  • Valencia (hamstring) begins rehab assignment
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) went 0-for-3 on Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Valencia, out since April 20 with a left hamstring strain, also played seven innings at third base. He's expected to be activated when he's first eligible on Friday. Valencia was batting .294/.345/.353 over 14 games prior to the injury. Today, 5:29 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Nori Aoki reaches three times in victory
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal against the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki stole third base in the seventh inning and scored when the throw went into left field. He entered the night with a .212/.302/.294 line and just one steal in four tries this season. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Khris Davis hits two homers against Mariners
    Khris Davis hit his fourth and fifth homers of the year Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The A's brought in Davis for his power, and they've stuck with him during his slow start. He's hitting .234 with a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 94 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Colby Rasmus strikes out four times
    Colby Rasmus struck out all four times he was up Monday in the loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Rasmus is in a 3-for-25 slump that's dropped his average from .293 to .241. Most likely, he'll finish the year in the neighborhood of .241, though perhaps with enough power to remain of use in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Santana dealing with tightness in lat area
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's game that Domingo Santana developed some tightness in the lat area behind his right shoulder.

    Advice: Santana was a late scratch from Monday's lineup. The Brewers will see how he feels on Tuesday before updating his status. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Ryan Braun dealing with general soreness
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's game that Ryan Braun is dealing with "general soreness."

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but Braun is not a sure thing to play Tuesday. The 32-year-old went 3-for-3 on Monday against the Angels and is batting .372/.443/.605 overall this season. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Dexter Fowler steals two bases in win
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Monday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: The Cubs didn't homer, but they managed to put together a seven-run, 11-hit attack against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates bullpen. Fowler still hasn't cooled off, as he sports a .357/.476/.619 batting line on the season. He's stolen three bases in his last two games and now has five on the year. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen homers in loss to Cubs
    Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer and had an RBI groundout in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He drove in the Pirates' lone two runs on the night, as Jason Hammel and the Cubs' bullpen mostly held down the fort. McCutchen is hitting a disappointing .228/.339/.455 on the season and tweaked his troublesome left knee over the weekend, but he has at least smacked six homers. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Szczur to undergo MRI on hamstring
    Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday.

    Advice: Szczur was forced to exit Monday's game with a tight hamstring. He's hopeful it's not serious, but a stint on the disabled list could be in his future. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Szczur leaves game with tight hamstring
    Matt Szczur left Monday's game against the Pirates with a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Szczur went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored before exiting the game. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Domingo Santana (shoulder) scratched Mon.
    Domingo Santana was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Angels with right shoulder tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Alex Presley will start in his place in right field and hit leadoff. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Gomez (ribs) ramps up baseball activity
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) did some baseball activity on Monday.

    Advice: It's good news for Gomez, who will miss his third straight game Monday with soreness in his left rib cage. Astros manager A.J. Hinch is optimistic that he'll be able to return during the team's series against the Twins this week. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Jason Heyward dealing with a sore right wrist
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Jason Heyward is out of Monday's lineup with a sore right wrist.

    Advice: There's no indication that it's serious, but it provides more context on his struggles. The high-priced outfielder went 0-for-17 on the team's recent homestand and is batting just .211/.317/.256 overall. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Inciarte (hamstring) nearing rehab assignment
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next day or two.

    Advice: Inciarte, who injured his left hamstring last month, ramped up his running last week and appears ready for game action. If all goes according to plan, he could rejoin the Braves this weekend. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @NYM
  • Braves DFA outfielder Drew Stubbs
    Braves designated OF Drew Stubbs for assignment.

    Advice: Stubbs slashed .237/.310/.316 across 42 plate appearances with the Braves. He can play all three outfield spots and still has good speed, so there should be some interest from other teams on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @NYM
  • Grichuk slumping again, gets night off Mon.
    Randal Grichuk is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: Grichuk was able to emerge from his brutal early-season slump, but he's back to flailing again so the Cardinals will give him a night of mental and physical rest. Stephen Piscotty is in center field, Brandon Moss is in right, and Matt Adams is at first base versus Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty expected to join O's on Tues.
    Ryan Flaherty is expected to return to the Orioles' active roster on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flaherty was just optioned to Norfolk a week ago, but the O's need him again to provide infield depth while J.J. Hardy recovers from a fracture in his foot. Paul Janish will also be worked into the mix once he returns from the Triple-A paternity leave list. Manny Machado could be the everyday guy at short. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' starting lineup Monday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the $184 million right fielder, who went 0-for-5 on Sunday and is batting .211/.317/.256 over his first 104 plate appearances with the Cubs. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Tyler O'Neill extends hitting streak to eight
    Mariners OF prospect Tyler O'Neill homered and drove in three runs Sunday in a win for Double-A Jackson.

    Advice: He's gone deep in each of his last two games. O'Neill has hit .355 over the length of his eight-game hitting streak. The 20-year-old bopped 32 home runs in the minors last season and is well on his way to equaling that number in 2016. He ranks fifth in the Southern League in OPS (.961) and third in slugging percentage (.578). Yesterday, 11:05 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm x @Oak
  • Roman Quinn reaches base four times on Sunday
    Phillies OF prospect Roman Quinn reached base four times with two hits and two walks Sunday for Double-A Reading.

    Advice: He's hit .444 (8-for-18) during his four-game hitting streak. His average has climbed from .194 to .244 in that span. None of those numbers stand out but Quinn has proven to be one of the faster players in Double-A, recording nine steals on 12 attempts in his first 21 games. The 22-year-old isn't close to cracking the big leagues yet but a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at some point wouldn't be surprising. Yesterday, 10:50 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm x @StL
  • Giants recall Mac Williamson from AAA level
    Giants recalled OF Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Williamson went hitless in a week-long stay with the Giants last month. He is not fantasy-relevant. Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Braves add Matt Tuiasosopo from AAA level
    Braves purchased the contract of OF Matt Tuiasosopo from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Tuiasosopo hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013, when he hit .244/.351/.415 in 191 plate appearances for the Tigers. He'll operate as a backup outfielder for Atlanta. Yesterday, 7:20 am
    4:10 pm x @NYM
  • McCutchen's knee 'felt a little cranky' Sat.
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Andrew McCutchen's left knee "just felt a little cranky" on Saturday.

    Advice: McCutchen is back in the lineup Sunday, so it doesn't appear this is something to worry about at the moment. However, keep in mind that he dealt with a knee issue early last season, as well, so it's certainly an item that needs to be filed away. McCutchen entered play Sunday batting just .226/.339/.441 on the season. Sunday, 12:39 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) not doing activities
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) will not do any baseball activities on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez is sitting out a second straight game with soreness in his left rib cage, and injury that occurred when he dove for a ball in Friday's game. He will attempt to resume baseball activities on Monday, although it's unclear whether he could return to the lineup that night. Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Ryan Braun's no-trade list has changed
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ryan Braun can be traded to the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Padres and Giants without his approval.

    Advice: Rosenthal has corrected the list of teams that he reported on Saturday. Braun has roughly $100 million remaining on his contract, but he had a nice 2015 season and is off to a .333/.409/.577 start this year, which Rosenthal says has put him on the radar of teams that might want to trade for a bat. It's unclear whether Braun would be willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to a team not on the aforementioned list. Sunday, 11:34 am
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Joc Pederson sitting out on Sunday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Padres throwing a lefty (Drew Pomeranz), which has been a regular thing this season. Trayce Thompson is in center field and Enrique Hernandez is in left Sunday. They also have Yasiel Puig in the leadoff spot. Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Nori Aoki not in Sunday's lineup
    Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday. Sunday, 10:25 am
  • Garcia (hamstring) won't be ready by Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not expected to be ready to play by Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia tweaked his hamstring on Friday and is sitting out his second straight game Sunday. It appears he won't be ready after Monday's off day, either, although there hasn't been talk of a disabled list stint yet. Jerry Sands will handle the designated hitter duties while Garcia is out. Sunday, 9:17 am
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring. Sunday, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Rosenthal: Braun trade becoming more realistic
    According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the possibility of the Brewers trading Ryan Braun is becoming "more realistic."

    Advice: If the Brewers want to sell high, now would be the time to do it. Braun has gotten off to a great start, hitting .333 with five homers and 18 RBI over his first 22 games. The Brewers are sitting at 8-15 right now and things probably aren't going to get much better as the season wears on. Braun still has four years left on his contract so there's no immediate incentive to move him, though trading him to acquire prospects wouldn't be a bad move as Milwaukee looks to rebuild. The 32-year-old has the power to veto a trade to any team except the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals and Rays. Saturday, 9:01 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Garcia could be sidelined through weekend
    Avisail Garcia (hamstring) is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Sunday either. The White Sox are off on Monday, which means the earliest we'd see him is Tuesday. Garcia tweaked his hamstring in Friday night's loss. "It’s a little tight," said manager Robin Ventura. "I don’t think it’s a DL situation there but he definitely did something going down the line there." Jerry Sands will DH and bat seventh Saturday with Garcia sidelined. Saturday, 3:39 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Carlos Gomez sits with soreness in rib cage
    Carlos Gomez is dealing with soreness in his left rib cage and is expected to miss a few games.

    Advice: X-rays have already ruled out a fracture, but he's sore enough that he isn't able to give it a full go. Gomez sustained the injury diving for a ball in the outfield during the ninth inning on Friday. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Carlos Gomez not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Carlos Gomez is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Gomez returned to action on Friday after missing a game after he was drilled in the wrist by a pitch during Wednesday's contest. It's unclear if his absence on Saturday is due to the wrist or simply because he's hitting .213/.241/.275 on the year. Preston Tucker is starting in left field with Colby Rasmus manning center field defensively. Saturday, 10:36 am
  • Carl Crawford goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 1-for-11 with a walk since coming off the disabled list.

    Advice: Crawford could have used a hot start upon returning in order to secure the starting gig that was initially expected to be his while Andre Ethier was out. Dave Roberts figures to keep mixing and matching for now and occasionally using Howie Kendrick in left to make room for Chase Utley at second. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Harrison launches first homer to lead Bucs
    Josh Harrison launched his first home run of the 2016 season on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds.

    Advice: Harrison's fourth-inning blast off Dan Straily increased the Bucs' early lead to 2-0 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has been outstanding at the plate through the season's first month, slashing .333/.372/.448 with a homer, 14 RBI and four stolen bases. Friday, 7:53 pm
    4:05 pm vs x ChC
  • Avi Garcia suffers hamstring injury on Friday
    Avisail Garcia tweaked his hamstring during the final out of Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He collected an RBI triple in Friday's game before suffering the injury. Friday, 7:10 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Danny Valencia continues baseball activities
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) ran sprints on Thursday and has continued to hit off of a tee and pitching machine.

    Advice: Valencia is sidelined with a strained left hamstring, but it's looking as though he may only need a minimum stint on the disabled list. Before he was sidelined, Valencia was hitting .294/.345/.353 with two RBI in 14 games. Friday, 4:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Matt Szczur belts grand slam on Friday
    Matt Szczur made his lone plate appearance Friday count, smacking a grand slam in a victory over the Braves.

    Advice: The Cubs had taken a lead on an Anthony Rizzo RBI single just before Szczur, who blew things open with a drive into the Wrigley Field bleachers in left field. Szczur has been a quality extra for the Cubbies this month, hitting .333/.400/.593 across 27 at-bats. Friday, 2:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Grichuk not in Thursday's lineup
    Randal Grichuk is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll sit against right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Stephen Piscotty will make his second career start in center field while Brandon Moss plays right. It's unclear what this means as far as Jeremy Hazelbaker's availability. Thursday, 1:54 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to play Friday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) expects to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his right wrist, but X-rays turned up negative. This might be a good excuse to get the ultra-active 30-year-old center fielder some physical and mental rest. He's batting just .197/.228/.250 through 21 games this season. Preston Tucker entered to play left field on Wednesday with Colby Rasmus shifting to center. Thursday, 5:20 am
  • X-rays turn up clean on wrist of Carlos Gomez
    X-rays turned up negative on Carlos Gomez's right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a pitch off his wrist, but he only suffered a bruise. Consider him day-to-day. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Davis homers and triples in loss to Tigers
    Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis showed massive power with the Brewers to close the 2015 season, which inspired the Athletics to trade for him this past offseason. One of the biggest concerns has been whether he'll hit for power in Oakland. Despite his big night on the road in Detroit on Wednesday, he's only hitting .154/.214/.192 at Coliseum. It's early, yes, but it has certainly done little to alleviate the concerns that surrounded him coming into the year. Overall, Davis now has a .233 batting average to go with three homers and a 30.8 percent strikeout rate. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Gomez exits after being hit on wrist by pitch
    Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.

    Advice: Gomez was plunked by Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to lead off the top of the fourth inning. He was subsequently replaced by pinch-runner Preston Tucker. The Astros should issue an update as to Gomez's status on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Pederson doubles in loss to Marlins
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Pederson's double was his fourth two-bagger of the season. Alas, the Dodger offense as a whole failed to coalesce into anything substantial during Tuesday's affair. The 24-year-old Pederson is slashing .276/.382/.500 with three homers and 10 RBI over 58 at-bats as April winds to a close. Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Triple threat: Cutch hits three homers in win
    Andrew McCutchen had a day Tuesday, hitting three home runs with five RBI to lead the Pirates to a 9-4 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Cutch hit solo jobs in the first and second before launching a three-run shot in the sixth. For reference, he had just two home runs and five RBI in his first 19 games before Tuesday's outburst. We played the "What's wrong with Andrew McCutchen?" game last April as well, and all he did was go on to finish fifth in NL MVP voting. Because nothing is wrong with Andrew McCutchen. Not then, not now, not ever. Next question. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Braun has two-run, pinch-hit double vs. Cubs
    Ryan Braun hit a two-run, pinch-hit double Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Getting a rare day off, Braun still found a way to contribute when he sliced a Pedro Strop fastball to the right field corner. The double cut the Cubs' lead to 4-3, but that's as close as the Brewers would get. Braun has been terrific this year even if his team has not -- the 32-year-old is hitting .373/.440/.657 with five homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored in his 19 games played. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Avisail Garcia smacks third homer on Tuesday
    Avisail Garcia hit a solo homer, drove in two runs and scored three times in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Garcia got the scoring going with a dinger in the third inning and wrapped up the scoring with a sac fly in the ninth. It was his third longball of the season, although he's hitting only .186/.269/.373 this month. The White Sox had little trouble against R.A. Dickey and the Jays' bullpen, piling up 15 hits -- including three homers -- and 10 runs. Tuesday, 6:54 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Dodgers activate Carl Crawford (back) off DL
    Dodgers activated OF Carl Crawford from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He is starting in left field and batting seventh on Tuesday night against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Crawford missed a little over two weeks with a lower back injury. He'll carry some DFS intrigue on days when he bats higher in the Los Angeles lineup. Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Ryan Braun getting day off Tuesday vs. Cubs
    Ryan Braun is getting a day off Tuesday.

    Advice: Milwaukee's scheduled team off-day on Monday allows the veteran outfielder to get two consecutive days of rest. Braun told reporters Tuesday that his back is holding up fine. He's slashing .364/.432/.636 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 18 games played. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee on Monday
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) hit off a tee Monday.

    Advice: It's a nice step in the right direction for the Oakland third baseman, who landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained left hamstring. He should be ready to rejoin the A's sometime in early May. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Inciarte (hamstring) to increase running
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) will increase his running in extended spring training games this week.

    Advice: If all goes well, Inciarte could begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Speedy rookie Mallex Smith will continue to cover center field duties. Monday, 4:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @NYM
  • Carl Crawford (back) to be activated Tuesday
    Carl Crawford (back) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford has been sidelined since April 8 with lower back soreness. He should see starts against right-handers upon his return, but the Dodgers have plenty of moving parts. Monday, 3:38 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen not in Monday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen is not in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's his first off-day of the season. Starling Marte will start in center field while Matt Joyce will play left and bat second. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • O's option INF Flaherty to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned INF Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Kevin Gausman to make his season debut Monday. The Orioles will go short-handed on their bench for the time being. Apr 25, 3:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Rasmus clubs game-tying homer off Kimbrel
    Colby Rasmus clobbered a game-tying, two-run homer off Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, while it forced extra innings, the Astros still were unable to come away with a victory. Rasmus finished the night 1-for-5. He has been a monster at the plate through the first three weeks of the season, slashing .293/.440/.707 with seven homers and 18 RBI. Apr 24, 10:13 pm
  • Grichuk drives in three as Cards top Padres
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' 8-5 defeat of the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Grichuk opened the game's scoring with an RBI single off Padres starter Colin Rea in the top of the first inning and then cranked a two-run double off Padres reliever Brandon Maurer in the top of the eighth. Grichuk got off to a dreadful start this season, but his numbers have been on a steady rise over the last 10 days. The young center fielder made for a smart buy-low when he was scuffling along in early April. Apr 24, 5:22 pm
  • Braun socks solo homer to help beat Phillies
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Braun connected for his solo shot in the fourth inning, taking a Jerad Eickhoff offering for a run-scoring ride. The bomb was his fifth of the season. The veteran slugger is off to a fantastic start, slashing .364/.432/.636 with the five homers, 15 RBI and three doubles over the course of 66 at-bats. Apr 24, 2:35 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Carl Crawford (back) to be activated Monday
    Carl Crawford (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Crawford will complete a rehab assignment Sunday after recovering from a lower back injury. He should see plenty of playing time in left field against right-handers. Apr 24, 11:16 am
  • Dexter Fowler sitting out on Sunday
    Dexter Fowler is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a well-earned day of rest for the red-hot outfielder. Jason Heyward will slide over to center field Sunday, while Jorge Soler will handle right and Matt Szczur left. The Cubs also have Tommy La Stella at second base in place of Ben Zobrist. Apr 24, 7:04 am
  • Braun hits two-run shot in loss to Philly
    Ryan Braun went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Braun appears fully over his thumb and back issues. He's hitting .355/.429/.597 and looking like his pre-suspension self. His fourth homer of the year briefly tied the game in the third inning for the Brewers, but the Phillies eventually poured it on and put the game out of reach. It will be interesting to see if Braun starts running more in the coming weeks. He stole 24 bases a year ago, yet doesn't have a single steal in 2016. Apr 23, 8:34 pm
    5:10 pm vs x LAA
  • Fowler doubles twice, scores twice vs. Reds
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler has picked up where he left off last season, leading the league with his 17 runs scored. He's taken it a step further, though, as he's hitting .385/.506/.692 with three homers, 13 RBI and two stolen bases, including one Saturday. That makes him not just the leading run scorer in the league, but one of the best all-around hitters going right now. Apr 23, 8:15 pm
  • Crawford rehabbing in Rancho Cucamonga
    Carl Crawford's rehab assignment will shift to High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

    Advice: It should be his last stop before the Dodgers activate him on Monday. Crawford has gone 3-for-8 with two RBI in his first two rehab appearances. He's been out with a lower back injury since April 8. Apr 23, 5:39 pm
  • Rasmus smokes Red Sox with grand slam
    Colby Rasmus clubbed a grand slam Saturday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: It came on a two-seam fastball from Clay Buchholz. Rasmus added to his tally with an RBI double in the eighth inning. The 29-year-old has been a pleasant surprise this year with 16 RBI and a .449 on base percentage. He also ranks second in the American League with 15 walks. Until he shows signs of slowing down, Rasmus should be owned and started in all formats. Apr 23, 4:56 pm
  • Ender Inciarte (hamstring) resumes hitting
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) has begun hitting in extended spring training games.

    Advice: He hasn't been cleared to run the bases yet but at least it's a step in the right direction. Inciarte shouldn't be far away from a rehab stint. Beat writer David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects him to return in 10-14 days. Rookie Mallex Smith has been filling in at center field. Apr 23, 4:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm x @NYM
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